WASHINGTON, June 28, 2012 – Accuracy in Media’s Center for Investigative Journalism, in conjunction with Accuracy in Academia, released a special report demonstrating the level of left wing and “social justice”-driven bias found in the Corporation of Public Broadcasting’s “educational programming.”
“For the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, providing course syllabi, teacher certification, and other materials to schools serves a dual purpose: it justifies the continuation of taxpayer subsidies for Public Broadcasting while inculcating millions of schoolchildren – a captive audience – with their programming and ideological messages,” AIM special report authors Mary Grabar and Tina Trent argue.
Accuracy in Academia (AIA) Executive Director Mal Kline explained the necessity for the investigation today.
“While much of Accuracy in Academia’s work is focused on bias in higher education, it’s important that parents and taxpayers keep a watchful eye on what is being fed to their children before college,” Kline said. “Students are significantly more susceptible to radical, un-balanced ideas in University when subsidized indoctrination begins at an early age.”
The complete special report can be found here.
Mary Grabar teaches in the English department at Emory University and writes frequently about education, and cultural and political issues, for the Weekly Standard, Minding the Campus, Townhall, PJ Media, Roll Call, Big Government, America’s Survival and many others. In 2011 she founded Dissident Prof Education Project, Inc., a nonprofit education reform initiative intended to “resist the re-education of America.”
Tina Trent, PhD. writes about crime policy and the media, academia, and political radicalism. She is a researcher for The Soros Files and blogs at TinaTrent.com.
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PBS RE-EDUCATION SUMMARY OF FACTS
- The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) receives approximately $450 million dollars annually from America taxpayers.
- George Soros’ Open Society Foundation has supported independent projects and underwritten “educational documentaries” for the CPB.
- Other major donors include the Joan B. Kroc estate, U.S. Department of Education, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.
- PBS Teachers is an online collection of K-12 lesson plans, teaching activities, video assets and interactive games/simulations.
- PBS Teachers is leading the shift in education from objective to “emotional” learning.
- Overview of PBS Teachers curriculum:
- There are approximately equal numbers of courses about George Washington and “hip-hop” music.
- Nearly 100 lessons are dedicated to protest movements, several of which are large, interdisciplinary projects designed to occupy substantial portions of the school day or school semester.
- The number of courses dedicated to the theme of environmentalism dwarfs other subjects.
- Lessons vigorously promote an extreme, trans-historical version of identity politics.
- Lessons and assignments are designed to force students to express political beliefs and engage in coercive, emotion-based exercises in reaction to controversial issues.
- Students are subjected to obsessive exhortations to “oppose bullying” and “teach tolerance.”
- Students are directed to groups such as Wal-Mart Watch, the EPA, the Sierra Club and others for additional “resources.”
View all findings and data in the AIM Special Investigative Report here.